Saturday, May 30, 2015

The Mapmaker's Children


Summary: Sarah Brown, the vibrant, talented daughter of abolitionist John Brown, finds her life forever altered when she stumbles across her father's work on the Underground Railroad. Although reeling from the shocking news that she won't ever bear children, Sarah realizes that her artistic talents may be able to save the lives of slaves fleeing north. Taking cues from slave code quilts, Sarah hides maps within her paintings, becoming one of the Underground Railroad's leading mapmakers. As the country steers toward bloody civil war, Sarah faces difficult sacrifices that could put  all she loves in peril.
   Over one hundred and fifty years later, Eden Anderson, a modern-day woman struggling to conceive a child, moves to an old house in the suburbs of Washington, D.C., as a last-ditch effort to save her marriage and start a family. There she discovers a porcelain doll head hidden in the root cellar -the remains of an Underground Railroad doll with an extraordinary past of secret messages, danger, and deliverance. Sarah and Eden's connection bridges the past and present, forcing each of them to define courage, family, love, and legacy in a new way.

The Mapmaker's Children was a relatively okay book. I felt that the connection from the two main characters, Sarah and Eden, were a bit too far connected at first, though later in the book it joined together a little more. The idea of the story was great, and was inspired by the real Sarah Brown who actually did paint hidden maps for the Underground Railroad. One thing though, was that even though God was mentioned, it wasn't elaborated on as it could have been.

I would rate this book 3 out of 5 stars.
I received this book free from Blogging for Books for a honest review.

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